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Messier 23 (NGC6494)

Messier 23 (NGC6494) is an open cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 2150 light years away in the constellation of Sagittarius.

It is referred to as M(23) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(6494) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Open Cluster's location is 17:56.8 (R.A.) and -19.0 (Dec.). Its Visual Brightness is a 6.9 Magnitude and has an apparent magnitude of 7 with an apparent dimension of 27.0 . The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

(M23,NGC6494) is a open cluster. It was discovered in 1764 by Charles Messier. It's location is RA(17:56.8), Dec(-19.0) and its distance is calculated 2.15 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 6.9. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 27.0.

Fact File


NameMessier 23 (NGC6494)
TypeOpen Cluster
Messier Id23
NGC Id6494
ConstellationSagittarius
Right Ascension17:56.8
Declination-19.0
Distance (Lt.Yr)2150
Visual Brightness6.9
Apparent Dimension27.0
Apparent Magnitude7
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 7x50 Binoculars - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery1764
DiscovererCharles Messier


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